FRAMED ALBUMEN PHOTO OF GLEN EYRIE, 15TH PA CAVALRY REUNION

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Image is of the Glen Eyrie castle, the site of the 1907 reunion of the 15th PA Cavalry. Image measures approx. 6” by 7 ½”. Wooden frame measures 11” by 13 ½”. Type at bottom of matting reads, “GLEN EYRIE, AUGUST 21, 1907 / REUNION 15TH PA. CAVALRY / WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF GENERAL PALMER”. Image is clear with good contrast. Frame has moderate wear and scratches on the surface. Reverse has wire  mounted for hanging.

Glen Eyrie is an English Tudor-style castle built in 1871 by General William Jackson Palmer (September 18, 1836 – March 13, 1909), an American civil engineer, soldier, industrialist, and philanthropist. During the Civil War, he was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General and was a Medal of Honor recipient. Palmer's early career helping build and develop the expanding railroads of the United States in Pennsylvania was interrupted by the Civil War. He recruited men and formed the 15th PA Cavalry, where he served in colorful fashion as a Colonel and was appointed to the brevet grade of Brigadier General. Heading west in 1867, Palmer helped build several railroads and was the founder of Colorado Springs. Glen Eyrie was his and his wife's dream home and is near Colorado Springs in the northwest foothills just north of the Garden of the Gods rock formations (now a city park). After building a large carriage house, where the family lived for a time, Palmer and his wife Mary (Queen) Mellen built a 22-room frame house on the 800-acre estate. This house was remodeled in 1881 to include a tower and additional rooms, and made to resemble a stone castle in 1903, reminiscent of those native to England.

In the autumn of 1906, Palmer suffered a fall from a horse and was partially paralyzed. Left with a broken spine, Palmer was thereafter confined to a wheelchair. Unable to travel, Palmer hosted the veterans of his 15th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment troopers for their annual reunion in August 1907 at Glen Eyrie. He provided a special train and paid the travel expenses for 208 of about 260 surviving veterans. Mrs. J.A. Hayes, the wife of a prominent Colorado Springs banker and daughter of Jefferson Davis, was an honored guest at the reunion.  [sl]

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